About David Shute

Shutey’s obsession with all things rugby far exceeds his ability on the pitch during his playing days as his blog (www.rugbyoldbloke.wordpress.com) certainly testifies.
He lives in England and can be caustic about the progress of his team since his mate Clive resigned – this is reflected in his writing about the state of Northern Hemisphere rugby. You can follow Shutey on twitter but only if you seriously have nothing better to do.

Aviva Premiership Predictions: Rd 5

Aviva Premiership Logo

I said in my review of last week’s matches (R4) that it should get easier to pick winners now that we’ve seen the form from all the clubs. I was wrong (no change there then) – looking at the line-ups for week 5 there are some very close calls (at least it seems that way […]

Aviva Premiership is about to kick off

Aviva Premiership 2015 Captains photo

With just a few sleeps until the Premiership rugby season kicks off, the excitement is building for what promises to be an exciting build up to the autumn tours, new rugby Champions Cup, 6 nations and then the World Cup. Blimey – I’m out of breath just typing this! So – once again it’s time for […]

One of the best passes in Rugby

Tawera Kerr-Barlow pass in the ITM cup

I found this video of a great scoring pass from the ITM Cup in New Zealand. One of the best passes you’ll see. Watch as Tawera Kerr-Barlow, pulls off this blinder of a pass to set up a try in the corner! No fluke or Hail Mary involved here.        

The TMO isn’t that bad

TMO - Technical Match Official

There continues to be much controversy surrounding the use of the TMO in professional rugby – in all hemispheres. The Premiership Final was only decided after several agonising minutes and replays as both sides (and their supporters) waited for the decision. In Australia, Wallaby James Horwill said that “the Reds were robbed’ – this seemed […]

Fingers Crossed for England

England v All Blacks

I’m pretty much a glass half full sort of bloke most of the time – especially when someone else bought it for me (even better if it’s a stein rather than just a pint). However, I find myself feeling more than a little apprehensive about the game at Eden Park on Saturday evening (breakfast our […]

Steffon Armitage should be included

Steffon Armitage

The clamour for Steffon Armitage to be included on the second plane down to New Zealand appears to have fallen on deaf ears. Many of the media pundits endorse the decision – citing the risk that many of England’s key players will migrate to France knowing that a precedent has been set if Steffon is […]

Tour de Farce?

England Rugby's Young Guns

I don’t suppose this post will make me terribly popular in some corners but I seriously think we need a dose of reality regarding the upcoming tour to New Zealand. No one in their right minds heads off to the land of the long white cloud without being a little apprehensive about what awaits them. […]

Aviva Premiership Final – 20 Reflections

Northampton Saints win Aviva Premiership

There are already a number of serious reviews of Saturday’s Premiership Final – with today’s technology some of them were probably online before the bloody game kicked off! Almost certainly they will all be better than anything I come up with – not least since I forgot to take my glasses to the match and […]

The ‘route’ of all evil?

Pile of Money

The regular season is over and I want to look forward to next term and the likely effect on the Premiership of all the new money that is about to slosh about from the TV deals. This sounds like pretty good news for all involved although there have been some concerns expressed that it might […]

Aviva Premiership Review: Rd 22

Aviva Premiership Logo

Last Four Standing At half-time yesterday all six of my predictions made it look like I knew what I was talking about and I almost tweeted as much. Luckily I didn’t, as the second 40 saw two of them go pear shaped (a bit like some props I know). Still, I’ll settle for 4 out […]